Today's News

  • No cross-voting in primary?

    Democrats voting in Republican primaries could become a thing of the past.
    “We actually have a piece of legislation drafted that would close our primaries, and I’m using that as a starting ground,” said State Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. “I’ve asked my research analyst to look at what other states are doing and see what works well and what doesn’t work well.”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Two wheels keep on turning, but not here

    My passion for vehicles on two wheels has been well-documented of late.
    I’ve loved riding bicycles since, as a 6-year-old, I snagged my older sister’s powder-blue Huffy out of the yard and wildly pedaled off.
    Now, as an adult, I have two bicycles of my own.
    In the past month or ™so, I’ve gotten my motorcycle license and bought one of those, too.

  • The Garden Gate: What plant does thoughts of Halloween conjure?

    We have for a long time been convinced that kudzu is a menacing, fearsome Halloween plant. And so it is, but now it is being threatened by a new menace, an even more fearsome Halloween menace which some people who have known about it have called “the plant from hell”.

    Arundo is a grass-like and bamboo- resembling plant which has been ranked among the world’s 100 most invasive plants. A number of state and even some national organizations have been trying, with no success, to declare it a noxious weed and ban it from the region.

  • Treasure, area Elvis impersonator to be at October Sky Fest

    By Julia H. Daniel, For Roane Newspapers
    At the October Sky Fall Festival on Oct. 20 in Oliver Springs, one Roane County Treasure will be displaying her family history for the second year.

    Nannie Smith Hopper has spent more than 65 years living in Roane County on her family farm in Oliver Springs.

    She was born in Jefferson City on Oct. 7, 1924. She has many good memories of her early childhood days, such as living in a two-room house that Luther Beller had given the family. The house was once a one-room school house.

  • Lots to see, do at October Sky Fest

    Celebrating its setting for the 1999 movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern, the town of Oliver Springs will host its annual October Sky Festival this weekend.

    The festivities will begin late this afternoon at 5 p.m. with a stroll through the old town with costumed storytellers at each stop.

    On Saturday, events begin at 10 a.m. at both Arrowhead Park and the historic depot on Winters Gap Road.

  • Roane Choral marking 40th anniversary in song

    Roane Choral Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary with concerts in November, February and April.

    A variety of music is planned to entertain all music lovers.

    The first concert of the season will be Handel’s Messiah at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    “This is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season,” said Julianne Bailey of Roane Choral Society.

  • Poetry reading scheduled

    In celebration of the Creative Arts Co-op’s 10th anniversary, Roane Writers Group will have an open poetry reading from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at 426 Ruritan Road, Harriman.

    Award-winning poet and poetry editor John C. Mannone will host the event.

  • Midway High taking on Battle of the Belt

    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers — in fact, teens have the highest fatality rate in motor vehicle crashes than any other age group.

    A group of Midway High School students are determined to do something about those alarming statistics.

    Members of Midway’s Positive Peer Pressure Club are participating in the Battle of the Belts Challenge, a statewide competition aimed at increasing awareness and use of seatbelts by all who ride in motor vehicles.

  • Technology Center fabricates portable stairs for Princess

    When officials at Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman scheduled the school’s August graduation at the Princess Theatre, they noticed there was a problem getting the graduates on the stage from one side and off from the other.

    There is access to the stage from the seats on the right side, but as the students walked across the stage they would have had to circle around and come back down on the same side, causing congestion on the stairs.  

  • RSCC, MTSU ink pact

    The presidents of Middle Tennessee State University and Roane State Community College signed agreements last month that will ease the transition for students seeking to transfer from the college to the university in Murfreesboro.

    MTSU’s Sidney A. McPhee and Roane State’s Gary Goff authorized three agreements that create dual admissions, concurrent enrollment and reverse transfer options between the college and the university.